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Behind every label, there is a story. Join "Travel Fuels Life" host Drew Hannush as he uncovers the unique history, myths, icons, and processes that give each whisky it's depth and character. Binge on new seasons when they are released by subscribing to Whiskey Lore.

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Behind every label, there is a story. Join "Travel Fuels Life" host Drew Hannush as he uncovers the unique history, myths, icons, and processes that give each whisky it's depth and character. Binge on new seasons when they are released by subscribing to Whiskey Lore.

    The Legend of Dr. James C. Crow and His Whiskey

    The Legend of Dr. James C. Crow and His Whiskey

    Amazing, for all of the people who talk about him in the bourbon industry, Dr. James C. Crow's life is somewhat of a mystery. Born in Inverness, Scotland in 1789, he moved to America and landed in Kentucky. When people say his name, they usually talk about two things, his work with the sour mash process and his Old Crow whiskey. But his influence on the bourbon industry can't be understated.

    Yet there are no biographies about his life. I'll explore his life in this episode and introduce his brand.

    • 21 min
    Log Still, the Dant Family, and New Hope

    Log Still, the Dant Family, and New Hope

    Last week we looked at the growth of one of the biggest bourbon making areas in Kentucky - an area that at its peak had nine distilleries, but at the turn of the century had just about forgotten its whiskey past.


    Join me this week as we examine the area's downfall, the Kentucky Whiskey Trust, the families as they faded away, and the future of New Hope. My special guests are Wally and Charles Dant of Log Still Distillery. Listen to what they have in store for this once great whiskey area.

    • 29 min
    The Making of a Whiskey Ghost Town

    The Making of a Whiskey Ghost Town

    One of the great centers of the bourbon industry in the late 1800's started with humble beginnings in the deep woods of Kentucky near present day Pottinger's Creek. But drive around the area today and you would hardly know that this place was once the home of upwards of nine distilleries - selling whiskey from Boston, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California.

    This is the origin story of New Hope, Kentucky and the surrounding area.

    • 28 min
    Whisky or Whiskey? The Great Spelling Controversy

    Whisky or Whiskey? The Great Spelling Controversy

    I've heard people defending why you should spell whisk[e]y with an "e" and without an "e" - but I haven't heard anyone give me a good explanation of where these two spellings originated or why each has found its own hooks in certain countries.


    So in this episode, I'll take a look at the origins of the word and see if we can determine the best way to navigate this spelling minefield.

    • 28 min
    The Unsolved Mysteries of Donald Johnston and Grace Gow

    The Unsolved Mysteries of Donald Johnston and Grace Gow

    This week I look at two mysterious tragedies in the history of scotch whisky. One takes place at the Laphroaig Distillery on Islay and the other at Glenturret Distillery.


    I also provide details about several steps in the process of making scotch whisky.

    Join me and Lucy Armstrong, Development Manager and unofficial historian for Glenturret Distillery and we learn of the tragic story of Grace Gow and find a silver lining in an otherwise sad tale.

    • 22 min
    The Father of Bourbon

    The Father of Bourbon

    What is the source of this "father of" obsession we have? Who was the Father of Baseball; who was the "Father of the Internet;" who was the "Father of Radio;" and who was the "Father of Bourbon?"

    There is a highly publicized answer that graces a bourbon bottles and historic signs around Kentucky, the Reverend Elijah Craig. I'll take a look at his life and see if we can spot his relationship to the origins of "America's Native Spirit."

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

Jnwlovesdance ,

Great listen

I used to hate driving but now I live for long road trips because I can listen to this podcast! thanks for everything Drew!

Wrong Way Wright ,

Cheers for the Ears !

Drew Hannush has put together a fantastic Podcast with Whiskey Lore . His voice and vocal talents deliver a well researched episode each and every time. I love the history and the stories connected with every Dram that’s ever been poured . From General Grant to Cats to Ghost , it’s a World Wide Pour in one Glencairn.
Thank You , Drew ! Cheers

Capricorn♑️ ,

Cheers to Whiskey Lore!

I knew very little about the history of whiskey but am learning so much from this podcast! The information is fascinating and told in a way that captures my attention. It’s fun listening! Cheers!

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